New York Times (May 6) reports that Mike Rogers (Mich.), the House Intelligence Committee Chairman decided to leave the House for a media gig as the radio host of Cumulus under the title, “Radio killed the political star.” It comments:
Traditionally, when a fed-up congressman decided to step aside, it was for a more sober, public-minded and highly respected pursuit, like lobbying. Even when politicians have joined the talking-head-and-flapping-gums sector, there is usually an intermediate step. Joe Scarborough, for instance, left the House in 2001 and practiced law for a few years before winding up at MSNBC. Now his breakfast nook of a broadcast, “Morning Joe" is a far more potent brand than he ever was as just one of 435 members of the U.S. Congress.
What does “talking-head-and-flapping-gums” mean? Additionally, what does “breakfast nook” mean? Is it a “morning variety” slot?